Press Releases


Gardner Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's State of the Union Address: NOTE: View Gardner's remarks here or by clicking on the photo above "I applaud the President's call for compromise and cooperation tonight. It is time to leave partisan corners and work together on behalf of the American people to move our country forward. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix our broken immigration system, … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Gardner, Rubio, Risch, McConnell Bill to Strengthen US Security in Middle East, Bolster Israel Alliance & Sanction Syria’s Dictatorship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch (R-ID), and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed the U.S. Senate's passage of the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1) in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 77 to 23. This legislation would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing se… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on David Bernhardt’s Nomination to Secretary of Interior

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt to be the next Secretary of Interior: "This is fantastic news for Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "I've known David Bernhardt for many years and have worked closely with him over the last two years to advance Colorado priorities. As a native Coloradan from the Western Slope, David knows how important public lands are to our state and has a keen understand… Continue Reading


The Science Coalition Names Gardner a ‘Champion of Science’

Gardner Recognized for Supporting Fundamental Scientific Research Investment, Nominated for This Award by the University of Colorado Boulder Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that he has received the Champion of Science Award. The award - presented by The Science Coalition (TSC) - honors members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to fundamental science through funding investment for federal research agencies. "It's … Continue Reading


Gardner Congratulates United Launch Alliance on Securing Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) located in Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for its Lucy Mission. "Today's announcement that NASA has selected ULA to provide launch services for their Lucy Mission is exciting news for our state, and is a testament to ULA… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith, Introduce Bipartisan Legislation that Brings Doctors to Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) today introduced the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the growing shortage of physicians in rural communities all across the country. The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act alters the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to provide medical students with the opportunity to practice in a rural area, with the goal of recruiting the next … Continue Reading


Gardner, Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined by colleagues in both chambers, introduced bipartisan legislation to award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his fight against the illegal incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and his work to advance civil rights. "Japanese internment is a stain on our nation's history, and the Korematsu v. United States decision was a setback for racial equality and a reject… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Permanently Repeal the Death Tax

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and dozens of their colleagues in reintroducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019, would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family-run farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death. "As someone who grew up working at my… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Navy Relocation of PMOSSP to Littleton

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the U.S. Department of the Navy is relocating the Program Management Office Strategic Systems Program (PMOSSP) Flight Systems from Sunnyvale, California to Littleton, Colorado on October 1, 2019. PMOSSP Flight Systems provides the technical oversight and fleet support for the nation's sea-based strategic deterrent. "The announcement that the U.S. Navy is relocating PMOSSP from California to Colorado is welcome news for our state a… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand and Support Teacher Leadership Opportunities

Washington, DC - US Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Doug Jones (D-AL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced the Teachers Are Leaders Act, which would create partnerships between colleges and high-need schools to develop and support innovative teacher leader roles. Teachers are one of the most important factors in student achievement. Unfortunate… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Legislation to Drive Down Costs for Early Childhood Education, Apprenticeships, and Other Worker Skills Programs

Washington, DC - Following last week's celebration of National School Choice Week, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) reintroduced the 529 Expansion and Modernization Act, legislation that expands the tax free educations savings account, called 529 savings plans, to be able to be used for early childhood expenses and alternative education opportunities like trade schools and apprenticeship programs. Currently, 529 savings plans are limited to educational costs for post-secondary education or private, p… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Funding Resolution to Reopen the Government

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after a deal was announced to reopen the government and work to fund border security: "I've been clear that I do not believe government shutdowns are ever the right answer, and I applaud the President's funding resolution to reopen the government and provide a platform for additional border security funding." said Senator Gardner. "Today's announcement to reopen the government and come together to negotiate bord… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Authorizing Support for Homeless Veterans and Their Families

Washington, DC - Colorado US Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) introduced the Creating A Reliable Environment (CARE) for Veterans' Dependents Act. This bipartisan legislation allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to compensate VA Grant and Per Diem program funded facilities for care provided to dependents of homeless veterans. The VA Grant and Per Diem program does not currently reimburse facilities for care they provide to the dependents of homeless veterans. In 2017, r… Continue Reading


Gardner to Vote to Open the Government, Fund Border Security

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today he will be voting for both measures to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security: "Today, I will vote for both options to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security," said Senator Gardner. "I've consistently been against government shutdowns because I don't think they are the right way to govern. It's disappointing Senate Democrats are refusing to support the President's reasonable co… Continue Reading


Gardner to Introduce Legislation to Pay Federal Workers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he will introduce legislation tomorrow to immediately pay federal workers affected by the current lapse in appropriations. The legislation would appropriate funds for all federal employees to be paid their standard pay during the shutdown regardless of their furlough status. With this bill, once the shutdown ends and regular appropriations are made, the amounts paid to compensate the federal employees will be deducted from the department's f… Continue Reading


Senator Cory Gardner Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "Today, we honor the teachings, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflect not just on what he said or did, but the change he set in motion," said Senator Gardner. "Dr. King spent his life spreading what he called the gospel of freedom. He faced fierce opposition, but he never gave up and his words and example inspire us now. As Americans, there is so much more that unites us t… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Proposed Plan to End the Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the following statement regarding President Trump's plan to reopen the closed portions of the federal government: "The government must be reopened. This proposal recognizes that need and is an offshoot of earlier efforts to tie border security funding to immigration reform, but on a smaller scale for both. This is a reasonable proposal - no one gets everything they want. No one gets as much as they wanted. More than anything, though, this pro… Continue Reading


Gardner, Shaheen, Barrasso, Jones, Scott, Sinema Introduce Legislation to Delay Obamacare Tax for Two Years

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced S. 172, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act Wednesday to provide a two-year delay of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) that was created by the Affordable Care Act. The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums that increases costs on nearly everyone in the marketplace from seniors to small businesses. Accord… Continue Reading


Gardner, Group of Bipartisan Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Any President from Leaving NATO

Washington, DC - US Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit any President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval. Just this week, reports indicate that over the past year, President Trump repeatedly raised withdrawing the United States from NATO. The bill requires th… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce $1.6 Million Grant for University of Colorado

Washington, DC - Colorado US Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today announced the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded $11 million for 7 projects in total, one of which is going to the state of Colorado. The Colorado project is funded through the OPEN+ program provided by ARPA-E OPEN+ program. "The University of Colorado Boulder will be able to grow their innovative research in soil and crop health with this $1.6 million grant," sai… Continue Reading

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